Dr Venkata Atluri
Consulting Editor: Venkata Subba Rao Atluri (PhD)
Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Florida, USA
Dr. Atluri did his Master’s Degree in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He obtained his Ph.D. from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India for research on Evaluation of Crude soluble extract, Purified antigenic fraction and Excretory Secretory antigens of Cysticerci for the detection of antibody in serum and urine samples for diagnosis of Neurocysticercosis in children. He moved to FIU, Miami to pursue his post-doctoral research on HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders and was subsequently appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology at FIU.
His current research is focused on neuropathogenic mechanisms of HIV infection and drugs of abuse; and epigenetic regulation of synaptic plasticity genes expression and spine density in HIV exposed neuronal cells. For the first time, Dr. Atluri’s group has reported the dysregulation of synaptic plasticity genes and spine density in HIV exposed neuronal cells and reported the usefulness of vorinostat as a therapeutic agent to inhibit the negative regulatory effects on synaptic plasticity in HIV infection.
Dr. Atluri has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. He has been serving as Editorial Board member of many journals like Frontiers in Microbiology, AIDS and Behavior, Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment, HIV/AIDS-Research and Palliative Care; and reviewer of many peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of several international scientific organizations including Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology, Society for Personalized Nanomedicine etc. He is a recipient of gold medals for being an outstanding undergraduate and college topper for the year 2000 from V.K.R. College, Nagarjuna University, India. He has also received many travel awards to attend national and international scientific meetings.